Point Break

After the wedding we shot a week and a half ago in Malibu, my buddy Rick and I took the Pacific Coast Highway back to Los Angeles. We were both exhausted from an early morning flight, a lot of shooting outdoors and just a long day in general. We had just enough energy to make one stop off the highway and walk down some worn-down stairs to the beach far below.

It’s another edition of Movie Title Wednesday and this week the film is Point Break for obvious reasons I think. I’ve seen the movie and I remember liking it, but I honestly don’t remember much more than Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, a bank robbery and masks.  I know a lot of people who dig this film, curious how many of you out there liked it? I’ve always been a Reeves fan even though most people don’t think he can act. I think he’s a fine actor, the problem is, he has one style that works and that’s about it. Speed is one of my all-time favorite action films and of course you have The Matrix.

I rarely get to the ocean despite living fairly close to California, so I was excited to at least shoot a few images during our day-trip. The ocean is awe-inspiring and frightening for me at the same time. I hope someday to do more of this and have a nice, fat 10-stop ND filter on me so I can really make the images I want to, but in the meantime, I liked how this turned out. I don’t always put a lot of time into processing my images these days, but I spent plenty on this . Phototools was especially useful to help create a nice color contrast between the water and the rocks.

I hope Rick posts his sometime soon because he had a 10-stop and I loved the way his looked right out of the camera.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 20mm, f/25, iso 100

21 replies
  1. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    I like the tones throughout this shot. I really like the nice blue in the water and how it has a bit of white foam to help add a bit of contrast. Great work man!

  2. Kristi Hines
    Kristi Hines says:

    Very nice to find some scenic shots to mix in during your business trip!

    So, if you’re a Keanu fan, how do you like the sad Keanu meme that has been going around? 🙂

  3. Jason Hines
    Jason Hines says:

    Really nice shot man. Living in Az, it’s amazing how rarely we get out to the ocean even though its only about 4 hours to San Diego. At least we have some clouds in the forecast on the 10 day though!

  4. Chris DeAngelis
    Chris DeAngelis says:

    Killer shot! Love how the rocks pull your eyes out to the ocean! Way to make the most of the long exposure with the small aperture. I invested in a B+W 10stop, but haven’t done much with it… Those square filers with the lens mount look pretty nifty for when you take the plunge!

  5. Bob Lussier
    Bob Lussier says:

    I love how the rocks pull you into the ocean. I know what you mean about the 10 stop. I took some similar shots in Acadia National Park last summer. At the time I didn’t have a 10-stop. Now I do. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m getting back up there this year.

  6. Steve Beal
    Steve Beal says:

    “I am an FBI agent!” Worst actor ever, one of my favorite movies, I’ll watch it every time it’s on cable 🙂 – beautiful shot!

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